A nonpartisan legislative analyst says California's greenhouse gas reduction law won't produce the jobs Gov. Schwarzenegger's office predicted it will and could cost jobs in the near term, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The analyst, Mac Taylor, was quoted by the Bee saying, "Employment forecasts in response to policy changes can be especially difficult. There is generally not a simple relationship between policy changes and jobs per se."

Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, requested the report, and has asked the governor to stall the law, the Bee said.

The measure, AB 32, seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a 14-ton per capita reduction of carbon dioxide. For cities in the Valley, the law requires establishing greenhouse gas baselines by determining energy consumption of city buildings and coming up with climate action plans to reduce it. Energy efficiency measures and retrofits are the expected tool. Installing better lighting, improved insulation and windows and energy systems is where the jobs come in.

Measure 94, a proposed ballot initiative, would suspend AB 32. A story by the L.A. Times in January said the initiative would cripple the Global Warming Solutions Act.